these Russian men who go to the front disillusioned

They led a life “normal”they are now mobilized to go and fight in Ukraine, as Vladimir Putin decreed on Wednesday morning. OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP

REPORTAGE – Recruitment is in full swing to go and fight in Ukraine where referendums on joining Russia have begun.

Correspondent in Moscow

The scene repeats itself, it’s almost comical. The men who come out of Power comas, the recruitment center, all have their phones glued to their ears and are talking loudly. They need to quickly reassure the family. Within hours, the lives of these ordinary Russians turned upside down – they were leading a life “normal”, they are now mobilized to go and fight in Ukraine, as Vladimir Putin decreed on Wednesday morning. This is the case of Georguy, 38, met Friday morning in front of the center of Boutyrki Val, near the Belarus station, in Moscow. An engineer, he served in the army twenty years ago, with a specialty in “shooter”. But he hasn’t touched a weapon since then and says he no longer has good eyesight. No matter. “They even take those who are very myopic”he says. “I was just told to come back here at 3 p.m. with my things. We’re going to be taken by bus somewhere outside of Moscow where we’ll be training. How long? And then? None…

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